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Reporting to the Vice President APAC Controller, this role will manage a team of Finance professionals in Singapore to support activities such as financial accounting, internal reporting, and external statutory and regulatory reporting for the Innovation Lab Entity (AEIL).
The candidate will have the following responsibilities:
Providing leadership, mentoring and ensuring that the team remains highly motivated, goals are well communicated, and work is prioritised appropriately.
Direct and supervise financial activities of the Irish/Singapore legal entities, including preparation of financial documents. Main point of contact for all legal entity related queries.
Preparation of the annual financial documents under local IFRS and US GAAP and coordination of the external audit process.
Maintaining a strong control environment and ensuring the operating efficiency of internal controls. Collaborate with auditors, internal risk committees, and other partners to answer any financial inquires and proactively provide updates.
Ensuring all finance related statutory and regulatory filings are made within the required deadlines. Partner and liaise with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) to build financially viable constructs for business growth initiatives.
Advising the AEILL Irish Board of Directors and governance committees, and providing regular financial budget updates (expense updates and revenue projection forecasts) and results analysis, together with comprehensive documentation to support the sign-off of annual financial documents.
Provide adequate finance support in maintaining the relevant data and periodically refreshing the pricing of the intercompany transactions of Irish/Singapore legal entities.
Advance valuation logistics for future use cases.
Lead all aspects of the month end and quarter close process that ensures the accuracy, completeness, and appropriate disclosures of financial information under both local IFRS and US GAAP.
Support and implement key strategies for the business, including business deals, product launches and change initiatives.
Partner closely with leaders to ensure business transactions are supported by local IFRS and US GAAP guidance and are accurately detailed.
Sponsor and support adherence to legal entity governance procedures in conjunction with business heads, legal counsel and compliance and risk teams.
Ensure accurate reporting of intercompany charge-outs, and periodically quantifying overall program’s financial impact at AXP parent company level.
Collaborate with key partners including Business, Operational Excellence, SOX, ORGG, for quarterly testing and reporting.
Ensure strong financial controls around core operating procedures, including periodically reviewing all PRSAs and operating guidelines associated with the operating structure in Singapore.
Lead projects and initiatives to improve Finance/Controllership capabilities.
Develop and drive continuous improvement processes throughout the finance function to deliver competitive advantage to the business and ensure continuous service improvement.
Skills & Qualifications:
Minimum 8 to 10 years of work experience in accounting or relevant areas of finance;
Strong finance background, with advanced knowledge in financial accounting and reporting, internal controls, and hands-on experience with statutory audit
Knowledge of local IFRS and US GAAP
Proficiency in MS-Office applications. Experience in Oracle is advantageous.
Excellent people leadership skills - ability to mobilize and empower the team to complete tasks
Proven track record to handle own workload and operate autonomously.
Ability to collaborate across geographies in a matrix structure and deliver on customer expectations.
Able to prioritise, perform tasks and meet deadlines.
Strong project management skills and the ability to lead cross functional experts, to collaborate and influence internal and external partners, and to derive practical steps from strategic mandates.
Proficiency in both written and spoken English, including ability to present to leaders.
Qualified accountant or CPA preferred.
Offer of employment with American Express is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations.